Some coronavirus cases linked to churches

A megachurch moved all its services online in response to the rising number of coronavirus cases in Singapore. As the virus spreads, clusters of outbreak have been linked to church gatherings in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea. Singapore’s City Harvest Church, which has 16,000 regular attendees, closed as a precautionary measure. The coronavirus has killed more than 2,000 and has infected people in 25 countries since December.

Brazil’s president professes faith at revival

Charismatic evangelist Todd White told a stadium filled with more than 50,000 Brazilians on February 8 that President Jair Bolsonaro “just got born again.” Conference organizers later clarified that Bolsonaro, who is up for reelection in 2022, was not making his first decision for Christ but confessing his faith and declaring that “Brazil belongs to God.” Bolsonaro, a Catholic, depends on evangelicals for political support, and this is the third time he has publicly declared his faith in Jesus, including one public baptism. The three-location revival was organized by seven US ministries, some of them associated with the New Apostolic Reformation.

Church arsonist guilty of hate crimes

A 22-year-old Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to three black Baptist churches. Holden Matthews, the son of a sheriff’s deputy, said he was copying similar crimes committed by neopagans in Norway in the 1990s and planned to use pictures of the fires as cover art for his black-metal album. In the US, the arsons evoke the long history of racist violence against African American Christians, including more than 30 black churches that were burned across the South in 1995 and ...

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